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Jimmy Branly: The Meeting

Read "The Meeting" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

There are decades when nothing happens, said Lenin, and weeks when decades happen. There have been far too many weeks in the three years since 2019 when decades went by. Looking for stability in the midst of madness may be a fool's errand, but it is for just such instances that recordings like The Meeting are made. Ray Noble's “Cherokee" is a warhorse, right? Could anyone find novelty there without an endless display of chops and musical gimmicks? ...

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Jimmy Branly Trio: The Meeting

Read "The Meeting" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Patience is a commodity which musicians generally have in an unlimited supply because the path from being an unknown musician to a known musician is long and filled with twists and turns, with no guarantee of arriving at a predicted destination. Drummer Jimmy Branly began that journey in his native Cuba and, along the way, recorded with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Arturo Sandoval, Jane Monheit and Gretchen Parlato among many other top names. In this first release as leader, The Meeting, Branly ...

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Marilyn Scott: The Landscape

Read "The Landscape" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Some artists feel obligated to put out a new record every one-point-three years, or whatever their factory warranty calls for (mileage may vary). Others are more interested in quality than quantity. On her first record since Standard Blue (Prana, 2017), jazz vocalist Marilyn Scott has something to say about The Landscape. More than the title track, Scott's concerns with our landscape is the scope and focus of seven original compositions, all co-written with pianists Russ Ferrante or Scott Kinsey. Scott ...

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Oscar Hernandez & Alma Libre: Vision

Read "Vision" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Multiple Grammy Award-winning Latin jazz pianist/composer and band leader Oscar Hernandez and his group, Alma Libre (Free Spirit) issue another shoulder-moving album presenting more of the rhythms he and his bands are so well known for. A true Latin music legend, Hernandez is best regarded for his direction of the 13-piece Spanish Harlem Orchestra that has gathered three Grammy Awards. This album was, in essence, a product of the pandemic situation. Hernandez says: “Recording this album was a way to ...

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Adrianne Duncan: Gemini

Read "Gemini" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

It started out for Adrianne Duncan with classical piano. Then—as it happens so often—she fell in with a jazz crowd. On her Gemini, the vocalist/pianist/composer proves herself an adept and compelling artist in the jazz genre, one who isn't afraid to take some chances. And she has a way with words, penning lyrics in an off-the-beaten-path style on three of her songs—one offering is an instrumental—while throwing in Sting's “Roxanne" as a closer, a familiar tune than isn't initially recognizable, ...

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Lyle Mays: Eberhard

Read "Eberhard" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

La prematura scomparsa di Lyle Mays nel febbraio 2020 ha privato il mondo di uno straordinario musicista, troppo poco considerato al di fuori dell'importantissimo contributo da lui dato all'interno del Pat Metheny Group, dove ha rappresentato l'ideale complemento del chitarrista dal 1977 al 2010 prima di decidere di abbandonare definitivamente la scena musicale per dedicarsi professionalmente al mondo del software, un altro dei suoi numerosi interessi. Se i periodi trascorsi a fianco di Pat Metheny ne hanno ...

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Lyle Mays: Eberhard

Read "Eberhard" reviewed by John Kelman

When pianist, keyboardist, synthesist and composer Lyle Mays passed away at the far too young age of 66 following a long battle with a recurring (but, to this day, undisclosed) illness in February 2020, it was a major loss for his fans. It was an especially deep body blow to those who'd followed his decades-long work as performer and compositional collaborator with Pat Metheny in the guitarist's critically and commercially acclaimed Pat Metheny Group. Mays had been largely ...


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